Robby Ashford, No. 3-ranked QB and Alabama native: ‘I love Georgia’
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. How does 4-star Alabama dual-threat and dual-sport quarterback Robby Ashford feel about the Bulldogs? We tee that up today.
Robby Ashford checks a lot of the boxes. The nation’s No. 3 dual-threat QB in the 247Sports 2020 rankings plays for a Hoover High squad that is one of the elite national programs.
He rates as the nation’s No. 178 overall prospect.
Ashford is also a dual-sport athlete. That’s why his arm was in a sling recently. He also plays for the powerhouse Hoover Bucs baseball team.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior picked up his offer from UGA last summer.
— Robby Ashford (@robby_ashford) June 15, 2017
That one is still one of only four QB offers the Bulldogs have extended in the 2020 class. He’s glad to see that Bulldogs came in very early on him.
“I love Georgia,” Ashford said. “For sure.”
He didn’t throw around the leaders or talk about top schools. But he said that Georgia was definitely was of those “way up there” offers.
The half-empty reader will stop right now and think: But he’s an elite prospect from Alabama. That movie usually ends with the same Tide or Tigers ending.
Ashford even grew up a Tide fan. That can only add to the degree of difficulty. Auburn, the other in-state SEC name brand, also offered back in April.
“I’ve always been an Alabama fan growing up,” Ashford said. “But I’ve always loved Auburn. When Cam Newton got there, I definitely started liking them a lot more. Getting offered by them was really special.”
But those odds now look a little better for any program hoping to pull him out of The Yellowhammer State.
He’s aware of how the Tide just picked up 2019 commitments from dual Alabama legacies Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson. Tagovailoa, whose older brother was largely responsible for Alabama’s national title comeback, ranks as the nation’s No. 7 pro-style passer for 2019.
Tyson checks in at No. 12 nationally among those so-called pocket passers. Those two Tagovailoas and a Tyson on the side create a pretty imposing depth chart for any class of 2020 quarterback.
“I can see myself there at Alabama,” Ashford said, who does not yet have an Alabama offer. “But then again I couldn’t with all the quarterbacks that are going there. I really want to go somewhere and try and play as a freshman if not a sophomore and make an impact early.”
Georgia’s quarterback depth chart could set up for that. Jake Fromm would be a senior in 2020 if he stays all four years. Justin Fields would also be draft-eligible after the 2020 season.
The Bulldogs are staying on his mind here.
“Georgia is consistently talking to me,” he said.
How Robby Ashford initially felt about that Georgia offer
Missouri was his first offer. Clemson hits him up the most of late. That’s another big-name program that has yet to offer.
When Georgia offered last year, he was elated, for a few reasons.
“Georgia has always been one of my favorite schools and I could definitely see myself down there in the future,” he said on the day he picked up that offer.
He earned that offer last summer after a camp visit. He wanted to play both baseball and football in college and still does now.
Kirby Smart extended that offer.
“I was talking to Coach Smart and he told me, ‘Hey you know you have an offer from us’ so it was really cool hearing I have one from him,” Ashford said.
Was it going to be hard for him to leave Alabama back then?
“I don’t think it will be hard because I wanna go to college out of state and explore,” Ashford said on June 15 of last year. “But I know when I’m leaving for college I sure am going to miss Hoover and Alabama.”
Why does he “love” Georgia now?
“I love everything about Georgia right now,” Ashford said. “I love Coach Smart and love the coaching staff with how they run things up there. Now a bigger deal is they are actually winning, too.”
Ashford now plans to visit Auburn, Clemson and Georgia this summer.
“Those schools will all get visits this summer, for sure,” Ashford said.
He can absolutely fly on the baseball diamond, as well. There also remains the very strong possibility he will be an MLB draft pick. A high pick. Arnold, just 15, already has a scouting profile that flashes four of the five tools. That fifth one, the arm, seems like an eventuality given his age.
DawgNation has also learned that Ashford is a legit 4.1 seconds from the right side of the plate down to first base. That is quite frankly booking it down to first base.
His competitive nature is rated by those who know him well as being very strong. He’s one of those force of will players. He could get drafted so he will likely play his senior year of high school baseball.
But he will be just 17 years old when he enrolls as a college freshman in 2020. It is not out-of-bounds to suggest he might redshirt his first fall on campus.
The summer visit plan for Robby Ashford
He’s thinking about a package to play both baseball and football at his favored school. Nothing sounds set but he suggested he mind like to commit next summer before his senior season at Hoover.
He stated that early playing time potential at those football options would be a major consideration.
Ashford had hoped to camp at Georgia this summer, but his shoulder is currently immobilized. He tore his labrum playing baseball last month.
But even the story of that setback reveals something about his toughness.
“I did it in game sliding into home,” Ashford said. “I didn’t know that it was torn at first. They told me that I separated my shoulder and then popped it back into place. I played three more innings and then they took me out.”
He never came out. Ashford had to be told it was in his best interest to.
Where would he play on a college diamond? Ashford used to pitch but said his best spots are first base and in the outfield.
His father was an athlete at Alabama. But he was a swimmer. That is a different type of Crimson Tide legacy.
Look for Ashford to get his first significant varsity reps for the Bucs this year. He’s waited his turn behind a few program vets.
The labrum tear could complicate that matter, however. There is typically a 6-8 month recovery cycle for that injury. The fact he did not sustain the tear throwing a baseball should lead to a quicker recovery, though. Contact injuries to the shoulder are different than the ones created by the torque applied to that joint by throwing a baseball.
State track meet time of year
The Georgia High School Association is hosting its state track meets for different classifications in Albany, Carrollton and Rome this week.
Four-star UGA commit Trezman Marshall finished second in Class-A public with a personal-best heave in the shot put. He rates as the nation’s No. 9 ATH for the 2019 cycle.
— GHSA (@OfficialGHSA) May 10, 2018
Adam Anderson, one of the seven 5-star signees in the heralded 2018 class, also took third place in the discus.
— GHSA (@OfficialGHSA) May 10, 2018
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